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say on either side, some americans are doing better and some are not. it's the income inequality that makes this thing hard to talk about. >> i'm sure she will be very excited about. see you tomorrow. >> the president is a servant of today. but his true con stit wency is the future. >> america is the future that each generation must enlarge. >> this election is not about ideology. it's about competence.
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>> i still believe in a place called hope. >> and i stand here tonight as my own man and i want you to know me for who i truly am. >> i'm john kerry and i'm reporting for duty! >> america, we cannot turn back. not with so much work to be done. >> tonight we heard from the star of the obama family. first lady michelle obama. this hour we will be showing you the big moments, the first speeches and we begin with the first lady. take a look. serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came
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together four years ago, i still had concerns about this journey we'd begun. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight. how would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known. our life before moving to washington was filled with simple joys. saturdays at soccer games, sundays at grandma's house and a date night was either dinner or a movie because as an exhausted mom, i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply love the man i had built that life with, and i didn't want that to change if he became president. i loved barack just the way he was.
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you see, even back then, when barack was a senator and a presidential candidate, to me he was still the guy who picked me up for our dates in our car that was so rusted out, i could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he found in a dumpster. and whose only pair of decent shoes was a half size too small. but when barack started telling me about his family, see, now, that's when i knew i had found a kindred spirit. someone whose values and upbringing like mine. we were both raised by families who didn't have much in the ways of money or material possessions but who had given us something
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far more valuable. their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves. my father was a pump operator at the city water plant and he was diagnosed with multiple scloerosis when my brother and i were young and even as a kid, i knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain and i knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed. but every morning i watched my father wake up with a smile, grab his walker, prop himself up against the bathroom sink and slowly shave and button his uniform. and when he returned home after work, my brother and i would stand at the top of the stairs of our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him, watching as he reached down to
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lift one leg and then the other to slowly climb his way into our arms. but despite these challenges, my dad hardly ever missed a day of work. he and my mom were determined to give me and my brother the kind of education they could only dream of. and as i got to know barack, i realized that even though he had grown up all the way across the country, he had been brought up just like me. barack was raised by a single mom who struggled to pay the bills and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help. his grandmother started out as a secretary at a community bank and she moved quickly up the ranks. but like so many women, she hit a glass ceiling. and for years, men no more qualified than she was, men she had actually trained were
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promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money while barack's family continued to scrape by. but day after day she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus arriving at work before anyone else, giving her best without complaint or regret. and she would often tell barack, so long as you kids do well, bear, that's all that really matters. >> like so many american families, our families weren't asking for much. they didn't begrudge anyone else success or care that others had much more than they did. in fact, they admired it. that even if you don't start with much, if you work hard and do what you're supposed to do, you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids. that's how they raised us.
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that's what we learned from their example. those are the values that barack and i and so many of you are trying to pass on to our own children. that's who we are. and standing before you four years ago, i knew that i didn't want any of that to change if barack became president. well, today, after so many struggles and triumphs and moments that have tested my husband in ways i never could have imagined, i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. no. it reveals who you are. [ applause ] you see, i've gotten to see up close and personal what being president really looks like. and i've seen how the issues that come across a president's
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desk are always the hard ones. you know, the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer. the judgment calls where the stakes are so high and there is no margin for error. and as president you're going to get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. but at the end of the day when it comes time to make that decision as president, all you have to guide you are your values and your vision and the life experiences that make you who you are. [ applause ] so when it comes to rebuilding our economy, barack is thinking about folks like my dad and his grandmother. he's thinking about the pride that comes from a hard day's work. that's why he signed the fair pay act to help women get equal pay for equal work. that's why he cut taxes for
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working families in small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet. [ applause ] that's how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again, jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs, right here in the united states of america. ssseses when it comes to the health of our families, barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. no, that's not how he was raised. he cared that it was the right thing to do. [ applause ] he did it because he believes that here in america our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine.
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our kids should be able to see a doctor when they're sick and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or an illness. and he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. that's what my husband stands for. [ applause ] when it comes to giving our kids the education they deserve, barack knows that like me and like so many of you, he never could have attended college without financial aid. and believe it or not when we were first married, our combined student loan bill was higher than our mortgage. we were so young, so in love and so in debt.
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she's still the kind little sister she always was. now she's just sticking up for those who stand up for us. and i'm proud of her work to give our children a healthier start in life. and let's face it, maya, i could use the recruits. >> barack and michelle have always been there for us. tonight, we are here for them. and with your help, we can fill
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the white house with their brand of warmth, compassion and commitment to all our people for four more years. >> maya soetoro-ng and craig robinson. here is more of the first lady's speech tonight. so when people ask me whether being in the white house has changed my husband, i can honestly say that when it comes to his character and his convictions and his heart, barack obama is still the same man i fell in love with all those years ago. [ applause ] he's the same man who started his career by turning down high-paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get those folks back to work. because for barack success isn't about how much money you make. it's about the difference you make in people's lives.
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[ cheers and applause ] he's the same man when our girls were first born, would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing, proudly showing them off to everyone we knew. you see, that's the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night, patiently answering questions about issues in the news, strategizing about middle school friendships. that's the man i see in these quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, poring over the letters people have sent him.
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the letter from the father struggling to pay his bills. from the woman dying of cancer whose insurance company won't cover her care. from the young people with so much promise but so few opportunities. and i see the concern in his eyes. and i hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, you won't believe what these folks are going through, michelle. it's not right. we've got to keep working to fix this. we've got so much more to do. [ cheers and applause ] i see, i see how those stories i see how those stories, our
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i see, i see how those stories i see how those stories, our collection of collections of struggles of hopes and dreams. i see that's what drives barack obama every single day. so today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming or even impossible, let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation. it is who we are as americans. it is how this country was built. [ cheers and applause ] and if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us, you know, if
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they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, connect the world with a touch of a button, then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids, right? and if if so many brave men and women could wear our country's uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights, then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights. surely we can get to the polls on election day and make our voices heard. [ cheers and applause ] if farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire. if immigrants could leave behind
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everything they knew for a better life on our shores, if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote, if a generation could defeat a depression and define greatness for all time. if a young preacher could lift us to the mountain top with his dream and proud americans could be who they are and boldly stand at the alter with who they love, then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great american dream. but let me tell you, today i
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i say this tonight not just as first lady, no. not just as a wife. you see, at the end of the day my most important title is still mom in chief. my daughters are still the heart of my heart. and the center of my world. but let me tell you, today i have none of those worries from four years ago. no. not about whether barack and i were doing what was best for our girls, because today i know from experience that if i truly want to leave a better world for my daughters, and for all of our sons and daughters, if we want to give all of our children a foundation for their dreams, and opportunities worthy of their promise. if we want to give them that
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sense of limitless possibility, that belief that here in america there is always something better out there, if you're willing to work for it. then we must work like never before. and we must once again come together and stand together for the man we can trust to keep moving this great country forward. my husband, our president, barack obama. thank you. god bless you. god bless america. [ cheers and applause ] ] i did not want to think about that. relax, relax, relax. look at me, look at me. three words, dad -- e-trade financial consultants. so i can just go talk to 'em? just walk right in and talk to 'em. dude, those guys are pros. they'll hook you up with a solid plan. they'll -- wa-- wa-- wait a minute. bobby? bobby! what are you doing, man? i'm speed dating! [ male announcer ] get investing advice
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my brother and i grew up with my mother and my grandmother. my grandmother was an orphan. she never made it past the fourth grade. she had to drop out and start working to help her family. my grandmother spent her whole life working as a maid, a cook and a babysitter. barely scraping by but working hard to give my mother a chance in life so that my mother could give my brother and me an even better one. my family's story isn't special. what's special is the america that makes our story possible. ours is a nation like no other. a place where great journeys can be made in a single generation, no matter who you are or where you come from, the path is always forward.
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mitt romney quite simply doesn't get it. a few months ago, he visited a university in ohio and gave students there a little entrepreneurial advice. start a business, he said. but how? borrow money if you have to from your parents he told them. gee, why didn't i think of that? some people are lucky enough to borrow money from their parents. but that shouldn't determine whether you can pursue your dreams. not in america. not here, not in the 21st century. i don't think governor romney meant any harm. i think he's a good guy. he just has no idea how good he's had it.
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>> when it comes to getting the middle class back to work, mitt romney says no. when it comes to respecting women's rights, mitt romney says no. when it comes to letting people love who they love and marry who they want to marry, mitt romney says no. when it comes to expanding ak says to good health care, mitt romney says no. actually -- romney -- actually, actually
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actually, actually, mitt romney said yes and now he says no. governor romney has undergone an extreme makeover. and it ain't pretty. so here's what we're going to say to mitt romney in november. we're going to say no! mitt romney just doesn't get it. but barack obama gets it. he understands that when we invest in people, we're investing in our shared prosperity. and when we neglect that responsibility, we risk our promise as a nation. just a few years ago, families that had never asked for anything found themselves at risk of losing everything. and the dream my grandmother
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held that work would be rewarded, that the middle class would be there, if not for her than for her children, that dream was being crushed. but then president obama took office and he took action. when detroit was in trouble, president obama saved the auto industry and saved a million jobs. seven presidents before him, republicans and democrats, tried to expand health care to all americans. president obama got it done. he made a historic investment to left public schools and because so that mb young people can afford college. he knows that we don't have an ounce of talent to waste, the president took action to lift the shadow of deportation from a generation of young, law-abiding immigrants called dreamers.
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now it's time for congress to enshrine in law the right to pursue their dreams, the only place they've ever called home, america. four years ago, america stood on the brink of a depression. despite incredible odds. and united republican opposition, our president took action. and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs. it's a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts pell grants and a nation that investments more in education. and a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship american jobs overseas or a leader who brings jobs back home. this is the choice before us. and to me, to my generation and for all the generations to come, our choice is clear.
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our choice is a man who's always chosen us. a man who already is our president. barack obama. [ cheers and applause ] in the end, the american dream, the american dream is not a sprint. or even a marathon. but a relay. our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. but each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. my grandmother never owned a house. she cleaned other people's houses so she could afford to rent her own.
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but she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college and my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, i could hold this microphone. and while she may be proud of me tonight, i've got to tell you, mom, i'm even more proud of you. thank you. today my beautiful wife and i are the proud parents of a
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3-year-old girl named after my grandmother. a couple of mondays ago was her first day of pre-k. and as we dropped her off, we walked out of the classroom and i found myself whispering to her as was once whispered to me (speaking spanish) may god bless you. she's still young and her dreams are far off yet. but i hope she'll reach them. as a dad, i'm going to do my part and i know she'll do hers. but our responsibility as a nation is to come together and do our part as one community,
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one united states of america. to ensure opportunity for all of our children. and may fwod bless the united states of america. thank you. thank you. thank you. >> coming up, the speech from massachusetts governor. we will be right back. shipping. shipping's complicated. not really. with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service shipping's easy. if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. that's not complicated. no. come on. how about... a handshake. alright. priority mail flat rate boxes. starting at just $5.15. only from the postal service. ♪ [ male announcer ] its lightweight construction makes it nimble... ♪
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>> you should be able to allow you children to dream bigger. >> mayor corey booker. also at the podium, governor of massachusetts. first african-american governor. >> in massachusetts, we know mitt romney. by the time he left office, massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation during better economic times and household income in our state was declining. he cut education deeper than anywhere else in america. roads and bridges were crumbling. business taxes were up. and business confidence was down. our clean energy potential was
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stalled. and we had a structural budget deficit. mitt romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. i can tell you massachusetts was not one of them. he's a fine fellow. and a great salesman. but as governor, he was a lot more interested in having the job than doing the job. so when i came to office, we set out on a different course. investing in ourselves, in our future. and today massachusetts leads the nation in economic competitiveness, student achievement, health care coverage, life sciences and bio tech, energy efficiency and veteran services. today, with the help of the obama administration, we are rebuilding our roads and bridges and expanding broadband access. today, we're out of the deficit hole mr. romney left and we've achieved the highest bond rating in our history. today, today, with labor at the table, we made the reforms in our pension and benefit systems. our schools. our transportation system and more. that mr. romney only talked
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about. and today in massachusetts, you can marry whomover you love. we still have much more to do. much, much more to do. but we are on a better track because we placed our faith not in trickle-down fantasies and divisive rhetoric but in our values and our common sense. the same choice faces the nation today. all that republicans are saying is that if we just shrink government, cut taxes, crush unions and wait, all will be well. never mind that those are the very policies that got us into recession to begin with. never mind that not one of the governors who preached that gospel in tampa last week has the results to show for it.
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but we democrats, we owe america more than a strong argument for what we are against. we need to be just as strong about what it is we are for. and if we want to win elections in november and keep our country moving forward, if we want to earn the privilege to lead, my message is this. it's time for democrats to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe. when waiting for pundits or polls or super pacs to tell us who the next senator or president or congress is going to be, we're americans.
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we shape our own future. and let's all start by standing up for president barack obama. this is the president. this is the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single american in every corner of this country, after 90 years of trying. this is the president who brought osama bin laden to justice, who ended the war in iraq and is ending the war in afghanistan. this is the president who ended don't ask don't tell so that love of country, not love of another, determines fitness for service, who made equal pay for
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equal work the law of the land. this is the president who saved the american auto industry from extinction. the american financial industry from self-destruction, the american economy from full-blown depression. who added 4.5 million private sector jobs in the last 2 1/2 years. more than in george bush's eight years in office. the list of accomplishments is long, impressive and barely told. and even more impressive when you consider that congressional republicans have made obstruction itself the centerpiece of their governing strategy. with a record like that, and a vision that hopeful and powerful, i, for one, will not stand by and let him be bullied
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out of office and neither should you. i want you to be clear. what's at stake is real. it's real. the orchard gardens elementary school in boston was in trouble. its record was poor, its spirit was broken and its reputation was a wreck. no matter how bad things were in other urban schools in the city, people would say at least we're not orchard gardens. today, thanks to a host of new tools, many enacted with the help of the obama administration, orchard gardens is turning itself around. teaching standards and accountabilities are higher, the school day is longer and filled with learning, art, exercise and music. the head of pediatrics comes to consult with parents on toughest personal issues in students' home lives.
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see, today's republicans, today's republicans and their nominee for president tell us that those first graders are on their own. on their own to deal with their poverty, with ill-prepared young parents maybe who speak english as a second language, with an under funded school, no access to nutrition food and no place for their mom to cash a paycheck with a job market with skills they don't have with no way to pay for college. but those orchard gardens kids should not be left on their own. those children are america's children too, yours and mine. and among them are the future scientists and entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, engineers, laborers and civic leaders we desperately need for this country to rise, they must rise. and they and their cause must have a champion in the white house. that champion is barack obama. that cause is the american
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dream. let's fight for that. let's canvass and phone bank and get out the vote for that. let's go tell everyone we meet that when the american dream is on the line, we want barack obama in charge. thank you so much. god bless you and god bless the united states. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> coming up, chicago mayor takes the stage. we will be right back. alright, yand... flip!in? whoa! did you get that? yep, look at this. it takes like 20 pictures at a time. i never miss anything. isn't that awesome? uh that's really cool. you should upload these. i know, right? that is really amazing. pictures are so clear.
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>> also on the program is chicago mayor ron eman well.
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>> you remember the fear and uncertainty that seized our country. he looked me in the eye with that look he usually reserved just for his chief of staff. we were sent here to tackle all of them. not choose between them. two wars and a great recession all at the same time. if it existed, i would have found it. each crisis was so deep. any one of them would have defined another presidency. we faced a one in a jens ration moment in american history and
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fortunately for all of us, we have a once in a generation president. [ applause ] and in those uncharted waters, i saw where the president finds his north star. every night, president obama reads ten letters from everyday americans. at the end of each day he made sure he had their letters to read at his residence. letters from people hoping for someone in power to understand their struggles. i can't tell you how many times whether we were discussing the economy, held care or energy crisis, the president would walk to his desk, take out one of the letters and read them to us and say this is who we are fighting for. parents working hard to save for their child's education.
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middle class americans fighting tooth and nail to hold on to their jobs, homes, our their life savings. it is their voices that president obama brings to the oval office. it is their values i saw him fight for every day. he fought for the american recovery act to put people to work building america's roads, rails, and runways. and today our economy has gone from losing $800,000 jobs a month to adding 4.5 million private sectors in the last 29 months. banks are slowly but surely lending again. and taxpayers will never again foot the bill for wall street's excess. that was change we believed in, one we fought for and one
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president obama delivered. president obama took office knowing full well that for the last century presidents had tried to reform our health care system. today, because of president obama's courage kids can stay on their parent's plan until they are 26. insurers can't kick you off if you hit the pre-existing limit. they won't be able to deny you because you have a pre-existing condition. because of president obama's leadership, every american are have access to affordable quality health care. that was a change we believed in. that was a change we fought for. that was the change president obama delivered. that was a change we believed
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in. that was a change we fought for. that was a change president bap delivered. i remember when the president received the report that the auto industry had a few weeks before its collapse. we met in the roosevelt room late swoo into the night. some said in order to save general motors, you had to let chrysler go under. others said it's like throwing good money after bad. among all the experts, there were only guesses. and nobody put it at better than a 1 in 4 shot. only the president suggested going all in to save the industry and the jobs. rising above all the voices in washington, president obama listened to the voices that mattered to him most. the voices of the autoworkers in
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the communities that depended on them. now, the one thing i know with absolute certainty, having served two great presidents, is that in the next four years, an unforeseen crisis, challenge or conflict is going to show up and seize this country. whose leadership, whose judgment, whose values do you want in the white house when that crisis lands like a thud on the oval office desk? that's right, a person who said in four words let detroit go bankrupt or a president who had another four words, not on my watch? a person who believes in giving tax cuts to the most fortunate? or a president who believes in making college affordable for all americans? a person who wanted to keep don't ask don't tell or a president who believes that who you love should not keep you from serving the country you love? believe me, having served two great presidents, when the fog
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>> the hottest hot spot, the cnn grill. plus reaction from the other side of mitt romney's inner circle. >> he knows what it means when a family struggles. he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids. barack knows the american dream because he's lived it and he wants everyone in this country, everyone to have the same
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opportunity no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. >> apologies here. >> you have attracted quite a crowd. >> it is the sizzling energy bouncing off the place. the castro brothers were very dynamic. very impressive, i thought tonight. michelle obama knocked it out of the park as you americans would say. >> i thought she did. i think if you were a couch potato democrat and you're sitting at home and you're not sure you really like the president any more and you don't have the same passion for him, she was talking to you tonight and she said to you, well, the people can go serve overseas, the least thing we can do is go vote. she made the case. she said he's the same fella i loved 23 years ago and he's the
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same guy you loved four years ago. >> she looked sensational. i hope that is not too sexist. she looked amazing. i thought she really hit the right tone. crying out for exactly what she gave. the audience at home. she is a vote winner. >> her biggest audience is the audience at home. the democrats know there is a bit of a enthusiasm gap. the republicans have an edge. when you look at polls of registered voters, the president is ahead. there is some disillusion out there. they talked about gay rights and military families. they don't have the magic of 2008. he is not the aspirational guy of four years ago. she is trying to make the case
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that she is fighting for you. he is fighting for you. the other guy doesn't get you. >> otherall, the -- it's not their fault. they had to put up with the hurricane which was taking all of the attention away on the first day. and even the second day to a large degree. before we got michelle obama. >> there were a lot of good speeches. >> and a coherent message. >> don't forget that mitt romney was not everyone's first choice. he was a lot of people's second choice. tonight this was it's going to be the renomination of a sitting president of the united states.
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and so, the enthusiasm and the passion was there inside the room. it's a bigger convention as other folks have pointed out. there was more information in the room to begin with and then you had these great speakers and nobody was really saying look at me, i'm going to be the next president of the united states. at least not yet. >> there is no question there will be a lot of talk here about 2014 but the main focus is on 2012. the democrats were not mistake-free. their platform does not mention god. their platform changes language about israel. jerusalem is the capital and israel is our strongest ally. a lot of people would wonder why you're making the changes. it's the same candidate. we're trying to get answers on that. >> why would you also remove the word god? why would you deliberately allow
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the republicans to come in and go to all of their base and say look at this guy? he has removed the word god. >> somebody made a mistake and somebody or somebodies in the campaign didn't catch it. in terms of the show they put on, the show the american people put on, without a doubt they did a good show. he is an incumbent president. do people believe it. do they listen to speeches or look at the unemployment rate. do their own legs feel tired? in terms of the tv production, they put on a good show. >> or do they say we heard this
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all four years ago. there were people in there chanting yes we can. we have been through that already. were they cynical? these were uplifting speeches. >> pretty good start. >> very good start. >> what do they need to do this week? for them a very good start. >> one of the democrat party's rising stars. san antonio mayor castro. here is how you work it out. >> how do you reinforce the kind of story that you guys can tell america? >> it means there is, as my brother has said many times, he is campaigning for congress these days. but the infrastructure of opportunity of strong public schools, of good universities, of good student aid that it takes to experience opportunity in america and america has been the land of opportunity. and so, it's our family is, i think, one example of that. but there are so many other examples. and the importance of tonight and of this election is which one of these candidates is going to insure that america remains unquestionably the land of
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opportunity in the coming years. and tonight my speech was about why i'm convinced that's president barack obama. >> you gave mitt romney a few good zingers. i love the one about you have got ask your parents for money. it was a clear line drawn by almost every speaker. the difference between mitt romney's relationship with the elect rate and you guys. you are a good demonstration of that. how much do you think that is going to come into play as a key factor in the election? do you think the american people will look at barack obama and mitt romney and say this guy is a wealthy guy. he is out of touch with us. i prefer to go with the devil i know who admitted he has only done half the job. >> when folks compare where the nation was when president obama took office. and you heard several speakers say that. losing 750, 800,000 jobs a month. and then you compare where we
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are now with 29 straight months of job growth, 4.5 million new jobs, i'm confident that he will lay out the case convincingly. we're not where we want to be. we have made significant progress. and that means something very real for people's lives. you know, more students that are able to go to college. more folks now able to get back to work. we see that in texas. we're better positioned as a nation in january 2009. >> another thing about your speech electrified everybody. we haven't heard a speech like that since barack obama in 2004 this guy could be president. >> if he becomes president i need secret service protection. >> if barack obama thought he had a problem with a name like
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barack obama, the first president castro of the united states of america is quite a moment. >> it's never going to happen. florida would be pretty hard. >> congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> really a ground breaking speech. people were excited and may the best man win. >> the castro brothers. i have a feeling you will be hearing a little bit more from at least one of them, probably both of them over the next few years. we have the former governor of pennsylvania and new mexico. welcome to you both. >> michelle obama did something very important. she cemented the likability gap. americans are loathe to change presidents. when they like the family. and she painted a picture of barack obama as a great, no just a good but a great family man. and her likability in her own
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right. >> that was a spectacular performance. >> she is probably the most popular person in the country. she showed barack as a father, he is a parent. he struggles. to give him four more years. castro, he is the new obama of the democratic party with that speech. hispanic growing minority. san antonio economic growth mayor. they stole the show. >> i found him a fascinating character. the stories are incredibly inspiring. they are obviously a great act together. they light up a camera. they are a couple of rock stars. >> he has a great way of speaking.
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when he delivered that line about romney and health care it was hysterical. >> it has been a disciplined start. >> are you pleased to see that? >> i am. i think that the carping and the whining that you heard from some wings of the party is over. the unified party. but i think the president and the convention is just appealing to the base. we also have to recognize that this election will be settles in a few states. i has got to be up to minorities and women and independent voters and young voters. >> we have got health care for a lot of americans. we are doing great in many ways. but the individual americans are
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hurting. but we have got the history in perspective. where we where and where we are today. there has been significant progress. not enough and the president has got to chart out in his speech how he's going to get us the next few steps. >> final question for you. a couple of big videos tonight. jimmy carter and teddy kennedy. what did you think of that? >> i think to have jimmy carter, i think he emphasizes foreign policy and i think president obama has a very good foreign policy. he got rid of al qaeda.
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>> former congressman from rhode island and senior vice president from save the children and author of rediscovering my father. welcome to all three of you. boiling hot. what will that be? is there something wrong with me? it's just the heat. >> it was bittersweet. >> all the people who fought for health care reform, we're all behind the president because he delivered on health care reform. i was honored to be there. and my whole family feels such an honor to have this chance to hear the good will towards him. but we understand the only way to advance the cause is to advance the president's cause because the president is the one who is in charge of public policy. and the difference between this president and what we would have under president romney is stark. >> the moment that made me >> it was bittersweet. >> all the people who fought for health care reform, we're all behind the president because he delivered on health care reform. i was honored to be there. and my whole family feels such
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an honor to have this chance to hear the good will towards him. but we understand the only way to advance the cause is to advance the president's cause because the president is the one who is in charge of public policy. and the difference between this president and what we would have under president romney is stark. >> the moment that made me chuckle most in the middle of what was a very moving tribute, a throw back to the debate between teddy kennedy and mitt romney. the republicans are crying foul saying that was a bit naughty. what did you make of it? >> you know, i guess i share your sense of irony on that. i mean it was an incredible scene. it was a beautiful tribute. a great tribute for the edward m. kennedy this afternoon. as patrick said, the president is really driving that policy forward. i got the sense, all the speakers talking about the
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impact that obama care has had in their lives. a child having open heart surgery really tugged on my heart strings. my wife and i, if that ever happened in our house, i didn't know that exited. and to hear her tell it so beautifully and see the positive impact of the legislation that uncle teddy worked on,it was a great night. >> i thought it was a terrific endorsement. the videos were superb for kennedy and jimmy carter. i admit, i found him a great character. if i look anything as great as he does at 87, i will be very, very happy. more importantly, you have heard a big piece this week about president clinton and obama's relationship. and tomorrow night we will have
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the big speech from president clinton. >> on kennedy, it's interesting how much the end of his life was wrapped up in the most important moment of obama's life. kennedy gave obama a very important endorsement in the primaries. frankly i'm not so sure obama would have pursued held care without the push from ted kennedy early on in the administration. on clinton tomorrow night, presidents always have fraught relationships. bill clinton did not have a good relationship with jimmy carter. he felt like carter free lanced all the time. and obama after the vicious primaries of 2008 where it got really personal between president clinton and then senator obama, they had a lot to overcome.
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>> mitt romney, quite simply, doesn't get it. a few months ago, he visited a university of ohio and gave students there a little advice. start a business, he said. but how? borrow money if you have to, from your parents, he told them.
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gee, why didn't i think of that? >> the democratic party's rising new star, julian castro. with me now is florida congress woman. chair woman, i should say, welcome. >> thank you. >> when you kicked all of this off. most observers felt good tonight. a lot of good speeches. mr. castro brought the house down. >> i'm so proud of our leadership. i'm proud that this is a convention that we kicked off as the most open and inclusive convention that american politics has seen. the story that michelle obama and julian castro told tonight?
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did you work hard and play by the rules? everyone in america deserves an opportunity to be successful. compare that to the idea that only people who already are successful and have somebody go bat for them. >> always seem to rattle cages. no mention of the word god. there was last time. why is that? >> well, we have a commitment through all faith traditions that our values are reflected in our policy nachl means we should look out for the least of these. that we should fight for the middle class. that we should help everyone have an opportunity to be successful. >> was it deliberately taken out or was it a mistake? >> of course not. >> somebody has deliberately taken out the word god because it was in the last one. >> no one has deliberately taken
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the word god out. >> our values are reflected in many faith traditions and that is what our platform is all about. >> what about the other strange comments that came out about israel and jerusalem? the idea that israel is the closest ally is also out. >> throughout our platform, it is very clear that president obama and democrats are committed to maintaining a strong u.s. israel relationship, maintaining israel and supporting israel as a juish and democratic state and ensuring that we have the strongest possible language on ensuring that iran can never achieve a
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nuclear weapon. our platform actually says that we are committed to insuring that we use all the instrumentation available to us to ensure that iran never achieves a nuclear weapon. the republicans just say that all options are on the table. president obama has stood by israel and always will. >> mitt romney is 4% up in the polls in north carolina. are you worried about that? >> we are focused on continuing to run the most significant grass roots campaign. we have been here in north carolina since before 2008 and we have never left. we have an incredible grass roots operation here. making sure we can help use the people power. >> and finally you tried to arrange for michelle obama to make speeches every day, every hour on the hour?
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>> wouldn't that be nice? s >> woulden that be nice? she spoke as a mom and as a physical low mom, i completely identified with what she was talking about. we all want what is best for our children and we want someone in the white house going for their future. >> her husband may be a devicive figure but his wife seems to be universally popular. >> deverveedly so. >> coming next, the romney camp will fire back.
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s. >> we're back here live at the cnn grill. >> a lot of anger from republicans. bound to be? day one of the democratic convention, they're going to be furious. who better to be furious than mitt romney's communication director. what are you furious about? >> i think that michelle obama gave a great speech tonight but there are really big take aways from the democratic national convention and that is what you didn't hear. you didn't hear president obama or any of his surrogates talking about the fact that americans
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are not better off than they were four years ago. there have been all kinds of discussions about whether we are better off than we were four year ace go. the reason we went six hours without having one person -- >> would you agree that we are better off than we were three and a half year ace go? >> no, we still have 23 million people unemployed. >> the first half was just a financial melt down. brought on by eight years of republican administration. >> let's go back and look at his promises. we can look at his promises from his convention speech four years ago where he said he was going to create more jobs and get the debt down.
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i think it is very symbolic of something you didn't hear. the national debt reached 16 trillion dollars. you did not hear the democrats talking about how to get that debt down for our children and grandchildren. >> before we get into the knitty gritty, we did see an extraordinary bit of video which had your guy, mitt romney apparently saying he is pro-choice when it comes to abortion. we know about that. he was 47 years old. i'm 47 years old. i'm not a spring chicken. i'm a fully rounded adult. did his view evolve? >> a couple of things there. none of this is new. governor romney is pro-life. he will govern as a pro-life president. if you are talking about changing positions, then look at president obama has done with gay marriage. he became president campaigning on the fact that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman and now he is for gay marriage.
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>> was it wrong of democrats to use that footage? >> i think that we have a lot bigger problems to worry about than what the democrats are doing with their web videos. what was not seen in there is despite the political differences, which there are many if not most or all between govern or romney and ted kennedy is they have a mutual respect for each other. >> when you are mitt romney's communication director in the middle of thousands of democrats, is it a lonely place? >> no, we're talking about the things that the democrats are not. what you did not here is any democrat talking about whether or not they are better off because they cannot talk about it because they are not.
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>> their argument is they inherited the mother of all policies and you don't dispute that? >> this is not about running against president bush. if they wanted to run against p bush they are eight years too late. you will continue to hear the excuses and blame shifting and scapegoating because they have no record to run on and president obama has no plans to fix it. >> mrs. obama's dress? a win? >> great dress, great speech, great first lady. >> a happy note. happy to see you again. >> nice to see you. >> when we come back, my all star panel. tonight, particularly all star. we will get into all of the issues and find out what the truth is if you can. >> welcome back to the cnn professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally.
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and entry. so is my all star panel an author of fast and furious. barack obama's bloodiest scandal. henry rosen, cnn contributor. how to rebuild the dream and author of rebuild the dream. welcome to you all. you are thinking yeah. >> i'm in love again. >> boys and girls. >> i'm in love again. >> let me start with you. you actually got quite emotional about the prospect of a michelle obama speech wh and what it meant? >> it was more powerful than i thought. it was like a revival. i remember as a kid we would go to school in the summertime and we were lazy about our faith and somebody would come out and restore the faith.
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she was a mom and she was a revilealist. for african-americans to see her. people have said terrible things about her. for her to come out with dignitary and grace. for her to set the bar in oratory, it was powerful. >> the best speeches were ann romney and michelle obama. she didn't just talk about the heart but she talked about policy. that was an unusual thing for a first lady to come out and do a litany of how policy is connected to people's lives. i thought that was impressive. >> if you were there with governor romney you would be thinking dammit, day one we get a hurricane and they get a different hurricane, a verbal hurricane. a series of speeches.
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not a good day for republicans, you could say. >> i think michelle did a great job. i have been to a lot of revivals. we have heard a lot of this before. the democrats have to be very careful. they cannot replicate 2008. i'm here in charlotte. i don't feel that energy that we did in 2008. i think they have got be very careful. they have a big problem on their hands right now with israel. the platform does not say that jerusalem is the capital of israel. that was in 2008. >> we will come to that in a moment. that was an odd thing to me. they left out the word god. and the israel stuff was really odd.
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to change the wording and make those kind of omissions on n a platform? i didn't get it. >> it was in 2008 and not here now. the spin is that apeck signed off on it and we are finding out that apec did not sign off. democrats are going to have to answer to what happened? >> i think going back to michelle obama's speech, i think she did a great job. she did talk about president obama's record in a very vague sense. she did discuss how president obama needs more time but she didn't talk about why or the fact that we reached $16 trillion in debt today. she didn't talk about the fact that women's unemployment rate has jumped a percentage point. she didn't talk about the poverty rate going up. she did talk about personal experiences but she didn't get into what her husband's record is. >> she is his wife. she's not going to stand in front of billions of people and talk about the negatives. >> but if she is going to talk about why he needs more time,
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why does he need more time? >> did you feel uncomfortable as a woman watching mitt romney espousing the great joys of pro choice? >> what i felt uncomfortable with is a convention that stands for women that would pick ted kennedy who left a woman in his car to drown to be a spokesman. >> that's a bit below the belt. >> one of the things we saw with the democrats this weekend and it goes to the platform this is not sort of a, you know, point by point soft to the right wing the way the republican platform has been. the democratic platform is broadly supporting the middle class. we don't have a platform that we're running away from. i think what we saw tonight was the very clear choice that voters are going to face, right? it's not about government, but government can help. student loans and public education. those sorts of things you can't ignore. >> i interviewed the castro brothers. very, very impressive. amazing story. the idea that these two young lads have come from an orphaned young woman, their grandmother
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who came to san antonio from mexico with nothing and had to get away to schooling to try to find some money for the family and there are these two boys. they went to sanford and harford and potentially both future presidential candidates. >> if we are looking for common ground, both parties understand that the american dream is under threat. you saw both parties trying to tell american dream stories. somebody had to be that american dream carrier. i think that's important to recognize that both parties understand the dream is under threat and we have different visions of what to do about it. when it comes to authenticity, i was moved by mitt romney and ann romney's speech. when michelle obama starts talking about her story and the castro brothers talk about their story, it resonates differently. >> there is a difference in that.
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i agree that both parties want to promote the idea if you work hard in america, you can actually succeed. the difference is this party here, the democrats are really trying to say that government has a fundamental hand in that process where i think the republicans are just simply saying that's not true. >> i think you're right. we are saying government has a fundamental hand. not the only hand. >> i don't want you all agreeing with each other. let's take a short break. i'm going to stop you because you're agreeing too much. we're going regroup and have a beer. i'm going to have a somehower to get rid of all of this heat. is america better off or not because of barack obama?
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>> so, you have all been squabbling away on the break, very nicely coming to the boil.
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let's get to the crux of what this whole issue can come down to. the very uncomfortable question. is america better off or not because of four years of barack obama. my argument would have been the first six months are a nigh mare but since then they are better off. but since they made it a four-year assessment, the stats really don't work for barack obama on most common ground that you look at to compare. like he is not in good shape. how do you dispute the fact that it doesn't look like we are in better shape in america? >> there are stats on both sides. we look at the all time high stock market, gdp growth up, hemorrhaging jobs now we're growing, though not enough. >> unemployment is up, gas prices are sored. there are key economic dynamics. we look terrible. >> on both side. >> only one side. >> i mean both sides. some numbers are worse and some
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numbers are better. democrats would be stupid if we tried to tell people how they feel. so the best we're going to do, i think, is to say you know what? we do not want to go back to where we were in 2008. we do not want to go back to the policies that brought us fl and we don't want to go back to the situation we were where the banks were out of control and war was out of control and tax cuts were out of control. >> look at president obama. he suddenly remembers we're in two wars, the worst financial crisis since the great depression. this the mother of all thing. >> he ran for president to fix the problem and he has not fiked the problem. there are 23 people million out of work. the food stamp work is at an all time high. people at the gas pump can feel it. his closest advisors have told him that you can't tell people that everything is okay. >> i think what he is saying is
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it is slowly improving. >> but it's not, though. >> unemployment has gone up. the number downgraded. >> clearly over the last two years, you have seen signs of improvement. the stock market performance is a sign of economic prosperity. >> democrats controlled the house, the senate, and the white house for two years. >> you could do anything that you want. nancy could wake up and put any piece of legislation on the table and they would have had to vote on it. >> what about the undeniable reality that the republicans have done everything they can to someti stymie this guy? >> i think they have prove on the be right. i think if we tried what the republicans had offered we wouldn't be in this mess. >> to say that the republicans are the problem here, the
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democrats still have the senate, they still have the white house. republicans have passed multiple budgets. the senate has not introduced a budget for more than 1200 days. >> let me get in here. let me say a couple things. we don't actually have a dictatorship, we have a democracy. we have two parties. one party says they are a party of individual responsibility. republicans have been acting like lucy holding the ball. every time obama tries to kick it they move the ball. republicans have not voted for their own policies when it comes to tax cuts for small businesses. number two, you know, i think the truth that nobody wants to say on either side, some americans are doing better and some are not. it's tnc


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